“Randy Newman” (the album) is inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame

“Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its vaunted GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®. This latest round of inducted recordings continues to highlight diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.”

To read the GRAMMY press release (PDF), click here.

Randy with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Jan. 15, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016
Belk Theater
Charlotte, NC

For more information, please visit http://www.charlottesymphony.org .

Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette, LA, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:30 pm
Heymann Performing Arts Center
Lafayette, LA

For information, please visit Randy at Heymann .

Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA, March 3, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6:30 pm
Manship Theatre
Baton Rouge, LA

Manship Theatre’s 2016 Red Carpet Gala with Randy Newman (Member Exclusive Event) includes the Red Carpet Gala reception with food, drinks, and silent auction in Hartley/Vey Theatres.

To become a member at the Manship Theatre, sign up online through our support page or contact the ticket desk at 225-344-0334.
Cost: $200-$500.

For information, please visit Manship Theatre’s 2016 Red Carpet Gala .

Recent Online Performances, Interviews, and Reviews

Randy in 1978

“Randy Newman: Still Biting Still Brilliant” — Spiked’s short overview of Randy’s history, triggered by Randy’s 2015 performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
“Randy Newman: Still Biting Still Brilliant”

“A great American songbook all by himself” — the Guardian’s review of Randy’s 30 October 2015 Glasgow concert:
“Randy Newman review — a great American songbook all by himself”

Mojo published a nice review of Randy’s 26 October 2015 performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall:
“Randy Newman’s Rock & Droll Circus.”

The Telegraph published two Randy-centric articles in October 2015.

Knack.be published “Randy Newman @ De Roma: Protestsongs zonder moraal” on October 15, 2015.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune published “Randy Newman plays an intimate house concert to benefit New Orleans Habitat for Humanity” on August 25, 2015.

Tim de Lisle wrote this nice profile of Randy for the Sept/Oct 2015 edition of “Intelligent Life” magazine: “To Irony and Beyond.”

Randy was on hand at Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 (August 14th) as part of an introduction to the “Toy Story 4” filmmaking team. Here’s the “Inside the Magic” writeup.

Randy performed at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall on July 30, 2015 as part of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Thursday Night Icons Series. He talked to WESA about his career and latest projects. Randy’s WESA interview

Randy chatted with Jimmy Fallon and performed two songs for the Tonight Show (March 3, 2014). To read a synopsis with video links, click here.

The LA Times reviewed Randy’s performance on the March 3, 2014 Tonight Show. Read their rave here.

Randy participated in “The History and Future of Hollywood Film Music,” a 2012 panel discussion on KPCC’s AirTalk program. To watch the archived video, click here.

“Rørende Randy Newman i topform,” a review of Randy’s 2012 concert in Randers. Click here to consume!

“Randy Newman — review: Festival Hall, London,” a review of Randy’s 2012 concert in London. Click here to read!

“Randy Newman & A Steinway Is All We Need,” a review of Randy’s Austin City Limits Festival performance by the Houston Press. Click here to absorb!

“Randy Newman and the Sydney Symphony,” a 2011 interview from the Sydney Opera House, is online. Click here to view!

“Randy Newman: The Return Of A Playful Icon,” an July 2011 interview from NPR’s WFUV, is online now. Click here to hear!

The Australian has an July 12, 2011 interview with Randy: “Just don’t leave Randy Newman alone with his music.” Click here to read it.

Filter focused on Randy from July 5th to July 8th (2011) with four Newman-oriented articles. To read Filter’s work, click here.

Randy appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

NPR’s “Dinner Party Download” hosted Randy on their Episode 100 (June 10, 2011) program. Randy’s segment begins at approximately 11:40 in. To hear it, click here.

Randy was on Jimmy Fallon’s program on Monday, May 16, 2011. Randy performed “Losing You” at the end of the program and performed “Short People” as a Web Exclusive.

The A.V. Club asked Randy specific questions about a number of his songs.

The A.V. Club also featured Randy in the May 19, 2011 edition of their “Gateways to Geekery” series: Randy Newman.

Randy has an audio interview with ABC Sydney about his upcoming orchestral concerts in Australia.

A blogger for the Phoenix New Times reviewed Randy’s Memorial-Day weekend appearance at the Arizona Biltmore.

Randy chatted with the Huffington Post’s Mike Ragogna.

Randy discussed “Losing You” for the Guardian’s “How I wrote …” series. Click here to watch the video of his explanation and a performance of the song.

The UK’s Telegraph gives five stars to “The Randy Newman Songbook, Volume 2.” Click here to read the review.

Randy’s interview with the BBC’s “The Strand” is online.

Randy’s interview with Kirsty Lang on BBC Radio 4 is online.

Randy is on Jools Holland’s 30-minute “Later” BBC show in some regions of the globe.

Randy appeared on Jools Holland’s 60-minute BBC show.

Read the Independent’s review of the Songbook Vol. 2.

Randy in 2011

Walt Disney Records, The Legacy Collection: Toy Story

Walt Disney Records, July 2015

Walt Disney Records, The Legacy Collection: Toy Story celebrates the 20th anniversary of the film. This two-disc collectible edition includes over 50 songs! It features the original soundtrack, seven bonus tracks and three instrumental songs. Liner notes by Randy Newman and John Lasseter along with enchanting illustrations and original concept art by Lorelay Bove are included.

There’s a short interview with Randy covering some of the new material in this package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvgqTXavkNw

Disc One

  1. Opening (Score)
  2. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Performed by Randy Newman)
  3. Andy’s Birthday Is Today (Score)
  4. They’re Alive! (Score)
  5. “Staff Meeting Everybody!” (Score)
  6. “You Too, Bo Peep” (Score)
  7. Andy’s Birthday Party (Score)
  8. Code Red (Score)
  9. A Good Soldier Never Leaves a Man Behind (Score)
  10. Presents: Who Invited That Kid? (Score)
  11. Surprise Present (Score)
  12. “What Are You Doing Under the Bed?” (Score)
  13. Buzz Revealed (Score)
  14. Buzz Flies (Score)
  15. Strange Things (Performed by Randy Newman)
  16. Woody/Bo Peep (Score)
  17. Sid (Score)
  18. Virtual Realty (Score)
  19. Woody Plots (Score)
  20. Rube Globeburg (Score)
  21. “Woody Did It!” (Score)
  22. Rescue Attempt (Score)
  23. “Buzz, You’re Alive!” (Score)
  24. Buzz and Woody Fight (Score)
  25. Buzz’s Mission (Score)
  26. “It’s a Spaceship, Buzz” (Score)
  27. Pizza Planet Rock (Score)
  28. “What? Hello? A Space Port!” (Score)
  29. The Claw (Score)
  30. Dr Sid (Score)
  31. Mutant Toys (Score)
  32. Woody’s Gone (Score)
  33. “Sorry Guys, Dinner’s Canceled” (Score)
  34. Scud (Score)
  35. Buzz Lightyear Commercial (Score)
  36. I Will Go Sailing No More (Performed by Randy Newman)
  37. Out the Window (Score)
  38. Sid’s Toys Fix Buzz (Score)
  39. The Big One (Score)
  40. Sad Andy (Score)
  41. “Buzz, I Need Your Help” (Score)
  42. Working Together (Leads to Failure) (Score)
  43. The Rescue Pt. 1 (Score)
  44. Sid Counts Down (Score)
  45. The Rescue Pt. 2: Play Nice, Sid (Score)
  46. Chasing the Van (Score)
  47. RC to the Rescue (Score)
  48. To Infinity and Beyond (Score)
  49. Together Again and a Very Merry Christmas (Score)
  50. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Performed by Lyle Lovett and Randy Newman)
  51. End Credits (Score)

Disc Two

  1. Strange Things (PIANO/VOCAL Demo, Performed by Randy Newman)
  2. Plastic Spaceman (PIANO/VOCAL Demo, Performed by Randy Newman)
  3. I Will Go Sailing No More (PIANO/VOCAL Demo, Performed by Randy Newman)
  4. The Fool (PIANO/VOCAL Demo, Performed by Randy Newman)
  5. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Instrumental Version)
  6. Strange Things (Instrumental Version)
  7. I Will Go Sailing No More (Instrumental Version)
  8. Thanking the Orchestra (Spoken)

Randy rehearsing with the Kansas City Symphony

Randy rehearses with the KC Symphony inside Kaufmann Center’s Helzberg Hall.

Randy rehearsing with the Kansas City Symphony

The Colbert Report finale

Randy accompanied a star-studded cast of (seeming) thousands when the Colbert Report signed off on December 18, 2014.


Randy played the Devil in NYC’s “Faust” concert on July 1, 2014

Randy Newman lead a one-night-only performance of his famed 1995 musical “Faust” in concert at New York City Center on July 1, 2014, as part of the Encores! Off-Center series. Here is a short highlight clip from that performance.


The musical is “like Goethe’s Faust Pt. 1, but more complex psychologically; more like Pt 2 but not the product of an ordered mind,” says Newman. “The Lord and the Devil are childhood friends who in adulthood have a falling out. The Devil is expelled from Heaven, somewhat arbitrarily some might say, and though he reigns in Hell, he longs to return to his childhood home. He goes up to visit Heaven for the first time in a long while. He finds the Lord and tells him Man is bad, and should never have been created. The Lord says that He doesn’t make mistakes. As they did in the 12th, 14th and 16th centuries, they bet on it, pick a young Notre Dame Freshman as a representative specimen and hilarity ensues.”

Faust opened in 1995 at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and was revived at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1996.

Randy honored by PEN New England on Monday, June 2, 2014

Randy, “whose 40-year career has included a few improbable hits (‘Short People’ and ‘I Love L.A.’), two Academy Awards (and 20 nominations), and a trove of smart, satirical songs that has won him the reverence of his peers, seemed to enjoy himself Monday. He told the crowd he’s ‘just enough of a snob’ to relish receiving an award from a literary group.”

To read the whole story, click here.

Randy and Elvis Costello

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